Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance | Study Guide

Robert Pirsig

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carburetor: the part of the engine that mixes air and fuel

Chautauqua: late 19th- and early 20th-century adult educational movement in the United States. "Tent Chautauquas" traveled from town to town; independent Chautauquas were housed in permanent buildings.

dialectic: the art of reasoning logically in a dialogue or discussion, with the goal of discovering the truth

Hume, David: 18th-century Scottish philosopher famous for the theory of empiricism, which holds that humans learn from the direct experience of their senses

Kant, Immanuel: 18th-century German philosopher known for his theory of critical philosophy, or absolute moral law

koan: Zen lesson in question form, which cannot be answered by means of rational thought

Tao Te Ching: text written by Lao-tzu, who founded Taoism in about 400 BCE. The title means, approximately, "the way of integrity."

tappet: a mechanical part of an engine that transmits motion to the valves

Zen: Buddhist sect founded in sixth-century China that later spread throughout Southeast Asia and Japan. The goal of Zen is to achieve enlightenment through meditation.

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